Sunday, April 26, 2009

. . . neglected this blog

recently, as well as art. There's a good reason for it, though. My real estate agent told me that the main selling points for my home were the back yard, garden, deck, back porch, patios; and the kitchen. So I have been spending most of my time cleaning up the outdoors. I have always taken care of the gardens, but I never had much responsibility for the yard. Yesterday I spent ALL DAY raking, mowing bagging, break up limbs and packing them up for disposal, mulching, and generally making things begin to sparkle outside. Little Joey came to help for a few hours that just flew by. . . he ran around and rode his trike and played with the neighbor kids. I'm not quite done yet: I still have to paint some wooden rocking chairs and a side table that are staples on the deck; plant some annuals in a few large pots for the deck and patio; put out a couple of hanging baskets, and just generally keep up with the maintenance on the yard. It was gratifying to get into a hot shower last night. . . it was one of those showers where you can actually see DIRT coming off your body. Next comes the indoors, making the kitchen sparkle, too, but with the weather being so nice, it's hard to stay inside. My first tree peony blossomed yesterday. . . a beautiful ruffly double pink one. . . and new things are blooming and growing all the time.

The picture above is part of a new painting I'm working on. It's hard for me to paint right now, which is another reason I'm not blogging much. . . I don't have a lot to offer an I don't want to bitch about it. I'm trying to work through whatever it is that is blocking me, so I just paint whatever. . . just putting paint on canvas, seeing what happens, hoping something good comes out.


Miki Willa said...

I like where this painting is going. I am sure you will work through your block. In the meantime, enjoy the garden.

A rambling rose said...

Mary I am so with you on this one - when there are a hundred and one things to do blogging seems to get left behind - I have been much slacker than you so thanks for giving me a gentle nudge. Enjoy your garden

Margaret Ryall said...

I think giving ourselves permission to do whatever is very important to artists. I don't believe it is possible to paint every day, others may disagree. I find that it is the down times that allow me to refuel and take new directions. Think about the garden as another form of art.

~Babs said...

Hi Mary,
I see lace and leather in this painting. I also liked your salty effects in the previous.

Being new to your blog I wasn't aware that you're selling your home. Lots to do in prep for that. Whoa,,,all that yard work!
Exhausting, but so many rewards.
I hope you didn't get storm damage last night!

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Life calls sometimes. Your art is part of you and will be there. Sending you positive thoughts for the house to sell.

Mary Buek said...

Thanks, everyone, for the comments and support. Babs, we had no storm damage at all, just 3 1/2 inches of rain. It was amazing to watch on TV as the storm clouds become a tornado about 15 miles to the north of where I live. There are a lot of things on my mind right now, and I am sort of putting art on hold until I get to the point that I just can't bear any more NOT to make art. In the mean time, the yard and garden are looking better every day.